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Was the Gulf of Tonkin Incident a false flag by LBJ to use as an excuse for the U.S. to get involved full scale in the Vietnam War?

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  • 1 month ago
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    First,  look up the term "False Flag"  so you do not use it incorrectly.   The Gulf of Tonkin Incident on the first day was North Vietnamese boats.   The second day,  the one that was used to justify the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution,  never happened.   The Navy was firing at nothing.      If you look up Admiral Stockdale you will see he got the Medal of Honor for his actions as a POW.   What they do not go into detail is he was the guy flying SKY CAP on the second day  and he SAW NOTHING because nothing happened. US ships were firing at nothing.   He knew it and if North Vietnam had gotten him to say it then it would have been a major embarrassment to the USA and President Johnson.    The Medal of Honor was for keeping his mouth shut.  

  • 1 month ago

    Not likely a false flag op, but plenty of evidence to point to it being a minor incident that got conflated after the fact and became a pretext for greater involvement in Vietnam.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    YES.   The Reports from the USS Turner Joy and USS Maddox were blown out of proportion by the White House.

  • 1 month ago

    --  Definitely Yes.  

    --  The US had been in French Indochina in a military capacity since 1944 when the OSS were sent in to assist the "People's Army of Vietnam" and the political nationalist movement, the Viet Minh, in the fight against the Japanese and Vichy French during WW-2.

    --  The US then assisted the French to retake their colony by giving military aid to the French along with sending pilots to fly supply missions from 1948 and combat missions from 1949. When the French were defeated there was a peace conference held in Geneva where the "1954 Geneva Agreements on Indochina" were signed.  The US, under President Eisenhower, violated the agreements even as they were being signed, and continued afterwards.  The US sent military advisors on 1 November 1955 and only increased them under JFK and then again under LBJ.

    -- The illegal South Vietnamese government was being defeated on the battlefields by the insurgents and the "National Liberation Front of Southern Vietnam" (NLF) and the US commanders in Vietnam wanted more troops.

    --  The deliberately provoked "Gulf of Tonkin Incident" was an excuse by the US for the escalation, and sending of "ground combat troops".

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    There are some who claim that. No real proof exists. Over 50 years have passed since then.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Following on to our boy Sam: No..................

     

    But you know, AnonnieGurl, you can ALWAYS take your pick, right!?!  roflmao

     

    n e x t

  • sam
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Yes..................

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